So going to jump into the overclocking world for the first time on this board. I bought this board 3 years ago and have been using it since as my daily use/gamer and it has been good to me. I tried doing an overclock with the built in automatic tool when I first got it but it ran too hot and would reboot at random so I reset it and left it alone for these years.
My current rig is in my profile but the basics are:
Biostar TP i45 revision 2.0
Intel Core Duo E8500 3.16 Wolfdale
Hyper Evo 212 Plus (idles @ 39 Celsius, max load 54 Celsius)
4x2Gb DDR2 G.Skill 'gaming' RAM @ 800, timings unknown (I think 5-5-5-5-15)
EVGA 9800GTX+ with mild OC from factory.
700watt power supply
Rose will Thor V2 case
I just got jthe CPU cooler and new case a little over a week ago and run a heat test through Prime95. My average idle is 39-40 Celsius (although mono readout and BIOS claim it is only idling between 25-28) and my max load under P95 was 54 for a split second, average is 52 celsius. I have an Ultra Kaze Scythe I will most likely slap on, not sure how much benefit I will get from it but if I could drop it under 50 under Prime 95 I'd be happy.
So I'd like to start with just a mild and stable overclock. I know I need to disable speed stepping in the BIOS (or can that be left on for energy savings at idle?) and that I should set the board to manual overclock. My first goal is to do a 3.6 overclock and from what I have read I shouldn't need to change any voltages, right? That is truly my biggest concern, messing with voltages as I don't want to fry anything. I'm reading a 400x9 is a safe bet, but can we set the multiplier to just 9 on this board? It looks like the stock is a 9.5 by everything....can it handle 400x9.5 stable without voltage changes?
Thanks for patience and help. I have read a lot of this thread and will continue to try and absorb it, but first time diving in and I'd like not to fry anything.